Titans complete sweep with shootout win

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – They needed a shootout, but the Titans were able to finish the weekend sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 4-3 (2-1).

It looked like it would be all Titans as they had two two-goal leads. The Knights put up a fight despite being down by two goals in the third period to set up the extra period. Igor Valko nearly put the Titans up by three with more than 11 minutes to go, but the next rush saw Aiden Beck shoot a puck through a Titans’ defenseman’s legs and Spencer Wright’s to pull within one.

Tanner Bennett then capitalized on a scramble in the blue paint to tie the game and force the overtime.

The Titans killed off a penalty in the overtime as the stalemate remained.

In the shootout Jesse Farabee beat Andrey Svistunov to start it off for the Titans. Wright stopped two of three shots, which set up Roberts Smits for the third attempt. Smits proved to be too quick for Svistunov as he lit the lamp to give the Titans the two points.

The scoring opened with a shorthanded goal from Ray Brice who wound up a slap shot that caught Svistunov off guard. Brice’s goal was his 15th of the season and he now leads the Titans in that category.

Tony DeVito and Dan Weaver looked like forwards as the two defensemen connected on a rush. Weaver through the puck out towards the net and DeVito swung at the puck in midair and put it past Svistunov.

Jesse Farabee was rewarded with second effort as he scored after Svistunov stopped his initial shot.

Wright finished the game with 33 saves while his counterpart had 43. New Jersey finished the night 0-for-2 on the power play while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 0-for-4 on the power play.